TOUR 3. The Town of the Pretorians - Albano
Emperor Tiberius founded a corps of soldiers, all native Romans, to carry out police duties and mob control in Rome. Throughout centuries the Pretorian Guards, having their headquarters in Rome, proved to be so influential and powerful that any man aspiring to the throne was obliged to establish an accord with them. Two Pretorians even managed to become Caesars! Septimius Severus moved the Pretorians' headquarters 30 km. South-East of Rome, to the slopes of the Volcano Laziale, where a new town was founded, Castra Albana, for the more reliable troops of the Second Parthian Legion.
Our tour begins at the Museum of the Legions, where we go through the history of the Pretorian Guard, examine equipment (copies), items from daily life (original) and marble-engraved inscriptions. Part of the main Gate (Porta Praetoria) is still standing, next to the remains of the soldiers' baths (turned into churches). A walk into the town's Cistern, still operating since the time of Domitian (1st century a.d.), will amaze you. To finish, we visit the Amphitheatre , carved from the volcano, for amusement of the Pretorians.
This Tour is recommended to those with a passion for the story of the military, and the connections between politics and national armies.
ROUND TRIP DURATION (NO LUNCH): 5 hours
ROUND TRIP DURATION (WITH LUNCH): 6 hours
WHEN: from TUESDAY to SATURDAY (except Easter Sunday and Monday, December 25th, January 1st)
HOW: by private limo, van, minibus to Albano, then on foot
MEETING POINT: at your hotel/residence
€ 400 (including transp. for a party of maximum 4 persons)
€ 650 (including transportation for a party of 5-6 persons)
€ 800 (including transportation for parties of 7-13 persons)
ADMISSION FEES: € 5 (includes all sites)
FINAL STOP: at your hotel/residence
GUIDED BY: Max